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Soap Nation Live! with Michael Fairman Set For Premiere On February 13th!

BlogTalkRadio, the world’s largest social broadcasting platform, in conjunction with noted veteran soap opera journalist Michael Fairman, announced today the launch of a  new live interactive Internet radio series Soap Nation Live! with Michael Fairman that will debut on Thursday night, February 13th!

The monthly hour and a half show will originate Thursdays starting at 10pm EST/7pm PST, and feature prominent in-studio and call-in special guests, cast members, and movers and shakers involved in the hottest network daytime and primetime soap operas and web series. Hosted and produced by Michael Fairman, during each broadcast Michael will bring his brand of engaging chat, entertaining and lively interviews, humor, and soap knowledge.

Listeners can tune in at: blogtalkradio.com/soapnationlive Each live episode is also available as a downloadable podcast via blogtalkradio.com and iTunes. Fans can also listen live as the episode streams at Michael Fairman On-Air On-Soaps www.michaelfairmantv.com

Soap Nation Live! with Michael Fairman will give soap opera fans the opportunity to call in and ask their burning questions, share their point of view with each broadcast’s special guest about their latest storylines, the hottest topics, and/or the latest controversy. In addition to exclusive interviews with the biggest stars of the genre on each episode, one lucky fan will have their very own “Soap Intervention”. Another will get to  test how well they know their favorite soap character against the actor who plays them, and Fairman. Plus, the series plans on featuring signature guest segments that will take a look at the biggest soap moments each month, and the naming of the standout performances from your favorite soaps!

On his return to hosting a live online radio series, Fairman offered up, “It’s an exciting time in the soaps. All four daytime dramas have received renewal pick-ups from their respective networks. The primetime soap operas continue to be popular, and are having a renaissance; and some of the most creative work is being done by beloved favorites of the genre on the web. With that said, I felt strongly that this was the time to launch a new series that hopefully will be become a listening destination and extension of the soaps for the most avid of fans!”

So will you be part of Michael Fairman’s Soap Nation and tune-in to the new show?  Let us know!

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Ricardo
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Ricardo

great news, I will listen congrats michael fairman. We all love you here, in canada. I live in vancouver bc. my boyfriend and I love you michael, you do a wonderful job, in giving us, the scoop on our soap operas. Best of luck michael, we will tune in.

Deb V.
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Deb V.

Will you ever do interviews with Sharon Case?

su0000
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su0000

ahhhsome!

cool, kewl, cooooool !!

I will eagerly listen

Rodd
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Rodd

Best wishes for a very successful run!!! Will be listening….and who knows, maybe even participating. :0)

4everDAYS
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4everDAYS

Of course I will listen!!!

heidi
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heidi

Congratulations Michael!!! Great news… have missed your podcasts!!! Have missed your hangouts!!! Can’t wait… you are the best… wish it were more often than monthly… but happy you are back on with us!!!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

I will be listening and calling in! I cannot wait for this to launch! You’re fantastic Michael!

Iakovos
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Iakovos

Count me in! I enjoyed Fairman’s occasional podcasts and those weekly shows related to TOLN but… well…

Anyway! This is great news. The more broadcasters, cablecasters and streamers hear the passion we have for daytime drama then perhaps the genre can maximize this resurgence after a decade of cancellation carnage. I still dream daytime will have new dramatic programming in the future. It is too important a daypart to plaster with repetitive chat show chin music, lame reruns, dismal court shows, and derivative rehash.

Let’s talk about it, Michael!

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All My Children Alum Ben Jörgensen Reportedly Dead At 51

According to his former All My Children castmate, Brian Gaskill. there is sad news in the soap world today.  Ben Jörgensen who played Kevin on All My Children and Chris on As the World Turns passed away on Tuesday at the age of 51, apparently via suicide, although unconfirmed as to his cause of death.

Gaskill, who played Bobby Warner while in Pine Valley shared via his Instagram:  “Sad news to report. Ben Jörgensen who played Kevin Sheffield on All My Children has past away at 51 years old.  My understanding is it was suicide.  I have heard he suffered from Bipolar disorder but as I have not spoke to him in years I do not know all the details. I just want to remember the good times we had on the set of All My Children 24 years ago. He was a good guy and had the courage to play a gay teenager on tv back when it was nowhere near as common to have representation as it is today. He was part of an award winning storyline…but mostly we just had some good times back then…my condolences go out to his friends and family. Please everybody hang in there and reach out for help if you need it. ”

Since the time of Brian’s posting, friends, colleagues and fans have been posting tributes and condolences on the actor’s Facebook page.  You can view that here.

 

In this heartbreaking photo below from Steven Bergman, during his time on As the World Turns, Ben is pictured with the late Nathaniel Marston, as well as Jaime Nicole Dudney and Terri Conn.

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On All My Children, Ben was part of the important social issue storyline brought into the ABC legacy soap opera by the iconic Agnes Nixon, who was always trying to move the needle forward in daytime, as the character of Kevin was a gay high school student facing bullying, ridicule and discrimination for his sexuality.

Share your thoughts on the passing of Ben via the comment section below.    

 

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Sad news to report. Ben Jorgensen who played Kevin Sheffield on All My Children has past away at 51 years old. My understanding is it was suicide. I have heard he suffered from Bipolar disorder but as I have not spoke to him in years I do not know all the details. I just want to remember the good times we had on the set of All My Children 24 years ago. He was a good guy and had the courage to play a gay teenager on tv back when it was nowhere near as common to have representation as it is today. He was part of an award winning storyline…but mostly we just had some good times back then…my condolences go out to his friends and family. Please everybody hang in there and reach out for help if you need it. #Actor #Filmmaker #BenJorgensen #BenMonk #Life#Death#AllMyChildren #Suicide #sad #rest

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Hallmark Channel’s ‘Home & Family’ Returns to Production For Ninth Season; Premiere Date Revealed

Another daytime show is heading back to production amid the coronavirus pandemic.  Now comes word that Hallmark Channel’s flagship morning lifestyle series, Home & Family has returned to production at its Universal Studios set for its ninth season.

All My Children favorite Cameron Mathison (Ex-Ryan Lavery) and Debbie Matenopoulos will return as co-hosts .

Look for the new season to kick-off on Monday, September 14th at 10am EST.

In a statement, Home & Family executive producer, Tracy Verna Soiseth shared: “We are thrilled to be returning to our home for the new season. Home & Family is a daily destination of comfort television, and we are very happy to be returning with two hours of daily interviews, cooking segments, DIY crafts and our hugely popular animal adoptions.”

For the past several months. a daily series featuring the cast called At Home with Our Family has run across the show’s social media platforms during the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to Deadline,premiere-week guests are to include: Jenna Bush Hager, Danica McKellar, celebrity chefs Jet Tila, Carla Hall, Buddy Valastro, Curtis Stone, Rashad Jennings and Dennis Quaid.

So, glad to know Home & Family is also back in production? Comment below.

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Michael B. Jordan Pays Tribute To Chadwick Boseman: “Since Nearly The Beginning Of My Career, Starting with All My Children When I was 16 Years Old You Paved The Way For Me”

Following the news of the tragic death of now motion picture icon, Chadwick Boseman late Friday, tributes and sentiments have poured in from celebrities, politicians and fans from all across the world.

Chadwick Boseman passed away late last week at the age of 43 from colon cancer – a battle he kept silent about for the last four years of life.

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No one could be more intertwined with Boseman’s career than that of his fellow Black Panther star, Michael B. Jordan.  For Jordan took over the role of Reggie Porter on All My Children from Boseman after the late actor lasted one week, following standing up to, and addressing concerns, of racial stereotypes in the way that the part was written.  Reggie was introduced to Pine Valley as a gang member in 2003.  As previously reported it was Boseman who helped the soap opera improve the role that Jordan took over with some recommendations.

Now Michael B. Jordan has written a heartfelt remembrance of Chadwick that he shared on his Instagram, and what he has meant to his life, including how he showed him how to be better, to honor purpose and create legacy.

Read below Michael’s post:

“I’ve been trying to find the words, but nothing comes close to how I feel. I’ve been reflecting on every moment, every conversation, every laugh, every disagreement, every hug…everything.

I wish we had more time.

One of the last times we spoke, you said we were forever linked , and now the truth of that means more to me than ever. Since nearly the beginning of my career, starting with All My Children when I was 16 years old you paved the way for me. You showed me how to be better, honor purpose, and create legacy. And whether you’ve known it or not…I’ve been watching, learning and constantly motivated by your greatness.

I wish we had more time.

Everything you’ve given the world … the legends and heroes that you’ve shown us we are … will live on forever. But the thing that hurts the most is that I now understand how much of a legend and hero YOU are. Through it all, you never lost sight of what you loved most. You cared about your family , your friends, your craft, your spirit. You cared about the kids, the community, our culture and humanity. You cared about me. You are my big brother, but I never fully got a chance to tell you, or to truly give you your flowers while you were here.

I wish we had more time.

I’m more aware now than ever that time is short with people we love and admire. I’m gonna miss your honesty, your generosity, your sense of humor, and incredible gifts. I’ll miss the gift of sharing space with you in scenes. I’m dedicating the rest of my days to live the way you did. With grace, courage, and no regrets. “Is this your king!?” Yes . he . is!  Rest In Power Brother.”

What do you think of Michael’s tribute to Chadwick and how they have been interconnected dating back to 2003 and All My Children? Comment below.

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